The Path to Peace is a Lonely Road
We were selected to exist, be it by atom, or divine interjection. It doesn’t really matter what the reason is, though, because it’s already been put into effect. We cannot deny our existence while we are alive. We may doubt the worth of our existence, but that’s another story, and doesn’t change the aforementioned fact. Anyways, we’re alive, and we’re wandering and wondering and have been for as long as our lives have allowed. When we were children, it didn’t much matter which way the world turned, nor did we pay any ounce of attention towards the illusionary intricacies of the foundations under us. We took the world for what it was, at face value, because we didn’t know, and didn’t need to know, any better.
And then we “grew up.” We shed our childhood because we saw others doing the same. Our wonder turned to imitation, and our awe, into contempt for discomforting thoughts. I hesistate to say that it was all inevitable, but can we argue any other way with any semblance of accuracy? I call our overexposed nature our culprit, and am usually quick to point out the harms of society, but is inevitability a “harm,” per se? I guess I can’t say for sure. What I know is that as I “matured” as a child, becoming a “man,” in the process, I noticed the displacement of my dreams, and the accomodation of depression. And how many of us can say that we’ve made similar obsevations? I’d bet that each fucking one of us can relate to that. But we don’t have to get mad about it. And we don’t have to get mad about anything if we don’t want. We’re as empowered by each other as imprisoned. And when you’re down, there will always be someone else that you can look up to. It’s your responsibility to walk towards the light you see.
After a while, we become what is expected of us, which is to say, nothing that anyone expected at all. We discover that we’re apart of something we don’t understand, and yet must pretend to, in order to retain what sanity we think we’re owed. We convince ourselves that we’re due anything and everything and nothing at once, and we tend to hate it. But we are either “stuff of the stars,” or a part of “God’s image”; we are one of the two. You are either a part of a star, or a part of God. That’s fucking incredible to consider. But I guarantee it won’t be a good enough realization to get you out of the bout of depression you will most certainly be feeling within the next day, week, month, year. And I’m really sorry about that, because there’s no much that I can do to help. The path to peace is a lonely road.
At least we are amongst friends here and we walk that lonely road together.
Hey, I see your point. It is a point that I believe is shared by alot of people around the world. I strongly believe that there are conceptualizations of loneliness that impedes are own spiritual awakening. Society encourages and in many cases is, conformity. That is following the same set of “rules and norms to play the game called life”, right?
So stepping outside of these rules of the game – going from conformity to individuality – means to also step out of and look at society. And, what is loneliness, really? Please do enquire into this, What really is being lonely? Is it having few friends, a lot of time by yourself, not fitting into society and so on? If this is loneliness, Not being yourself, not allowing yourself to be the true you, what is that? I would call that true loneliness. Being fragments of your inner self, rather than whole. Do you follow?
That is, having the soul, the magnificent energy and force of life living inside of you by itself. Not realizing itself, nor experiencing the beauty of yourself and life. That is true loneliness, allowing yourself, your spirit, to live inside but not part of you, not embedded in everything you do. The beauty is that realizing who you are, will sooner or later attract likeminded people, and these people are those who truly are on your “page” in life in many ways. That is true friendship, and having one friend that energizes your life a couple of times a month or week, is tremendously more important than having friends that you meet all the time, and during that time you are not yourself. That is true loneliness. By locking in, or displacing your inner self, in a scence, who you are from life. Part of the “issue” is that when one is awakening, the conceptualizations and norms of socity embedded in the EGO, the false self, gains traction and influences thinking. Saying, – Now you are really lonely. You really want to find out who you are? Haha, it says, then you will be lonely forever. This is false.
Your concluding words are: “the path to peace is a lonely road”. Lonely being a conceptualization in which embedded sociatal norms can be found creates the false picture of being alone. Being yourself and alinging who you are completely, destroys the duality that often is based upon the true you and the ego. That is the total absence of loneliness – being one. Being full and whole. Lonely is being left out, outside the picture. But aligning with your true self, that is wholeness and the complete opposite of loneliness. Nothing full, non-fragmented is never lonely. But something left out, put aside, that is loneliness.
@buanaoda, Nah, man.
“When you feel happy, really happy, it somehow seems that you’ve always been happy and that you’ll always be happy. The same is often true when you feel sad, or lonely, or depressed, or broke, or sick, or scared. Something, perhaps, to remember.” – Notes from the universe
@optimystic, That’s actually uplifting. I wouldn’t call self-realization loneliness though. It’s just neither a path to “know thyself”, nor a search. Peace comes from stopping the battles with ourselves.
I think people that gather together to just fit in w the cool crowd every weekend are the lonely ones. They don’t have a identity outside of their drunken stupor, their high self. Those are the true lonely people that can’t spend 15 minutes in nature by themselves and examine themselves and how they are towards others. I spend most of my time alone. And I couldn’t be more content w that at this point of my life.
interesting viewpoint and I as one of those souls completely agree but you can leave some traces in this life, working towards a goal of trying to give some of your philosophy of life by your own life experience regardless if nothing good comes to you the path you take gives credability for your words(regardless of the smug people might say) I cheer for you and I hope you find some lightful memories on that path my friend!